Yes, sometimes the world is a carpet, but mostly it’s not. This book is about a world that’s not. You may think you have learned all about Afghanistan from the years our soldiers have spent time there, but this is not that Afghanistan. This is the Afghanistan experienced by the women who live there. The women who spend most of their days, most of their lives, making amazing carpets, beautiful carpets that will support their families, while their husbands escape this world with opium, while their children hunger. Yes, the world is a carpet. But mostly it’s not.